Founder/Creator | Floating Yogi + SUP Racer
Raja Yogi, Master WPA Certified SUP Instructor, Bliss SUP Yoga, Kids Yoga, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Trained, Conservation Advocate for New Jersey Conservation Foundation & Mom of 2
Named after the Goddess of the Ocean ("Janaina"), Jana was destined to become a lover of all things deep and beautiful. Born and raised in a city hundreds of miles from the coast in her native Brazil, as a child, Jana dreamed of mermaids, the waves, the beach and the sand. The first time her feet touched the ocean, a love affair began.
Her deep connection with yoga began in 2003, when she was introduced to asana and pranayama practice during a pre-natal yoga class when she was expecting her first daughter. The connection it created, and subsequently fostered, between her body, her mind, her child and her soul transformed her perception and experience in such a way that it weaved itself completely into her life. After sitting several long silent Vipassana Meditation retreats, and traveling the world in search of energetic spaces to assist in raising her vibration, transcendental meditation joined the physical asana practice. Since then, the full spectrum of the practices of yoga have allowed her awareness and energy to support her purposeful evolution and self-realization and that of those around her. Jana identifies as a Raja Yogi.
Drawing on her love of the water, as well as yoga and meditation, Floating Yoga held huge appeal for Jana. It enhanced her meditative practice, strengthened her core, improved her balance and allowed her to spend time communing with nature in a fresh, engaging way.
Since picking up Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) in 2009, her love for the sport has deepened with every paddle, and her greatest joy is getting new paddlers on the board and seeing them experience the bliss of gliding on water. As soon as she could stand on the board, she was practicing yoga and meditation on every paddle. What she found was that floating yoga was an evolution and a path to finding perfect alignment, balance, engagement and connection.
A World Paddle Association (WPA) Master Certified Instructor, Jana has paddled and instructed on dozens of bodies of water in NJ, the Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers in Philadelphia, the Hudson River in Manhattan, Long Island, Thousand Islands, California, Canada, and several islands in the Caribbean.
“You are a function of what the whole universe is doing in the same way that a wave is a function of what the whole ocean is doing.” – Alan Watts